Doomsday for passengers looking to outmaneuver the airline industrys flurry of new fees has arrived: After announcing its plans to instill a carry-on baggage charge back in April
, Spirit Airlines dreaded new fees
are officially in full effect as of August 1. Though passengers are still entitled to bring aboard one small bag (equivalent in size to a small backpack) free of charge (as well as a few additional items such as umbrellas, cameras, and strollers), any baggage that needs to be stored overhead (limited to one per seat) will run $30 (members of Spirits $9 Fare Club can carry on for $20) with advance online or over-the-phone booking or a steeper $45 for bookings made at the gate. With the first checked bag costing $25 for domestic and $30 for international flights, this policy is reversing standard thinking du jour, actually making it more cost-effective in most cases to check your bags when flying Spirit.
Savvy Flyers: Though Spirit Airlines flights remain among the cheapest out there, will these new carry-on fees deter you from traveling with them?
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